Family Sponsorship

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As a country dedicated to family reunification and keeping loved ones together, Canada provides a variety of immigration schemes that allow Canadians to do family sponsorship for their family members to immigrate to the country.

What is the definition of family class or family sponsorship?

Sponsorship schemes are available in Canada for permanent residents and citizens who seek to bring their loved ones to the country. Certain family members are eligible to become permanent residents of Canada through these schemes. Family sponsorship programmes, which are one of the most popular types of Canadian immigration, make it simple for citizens and permanent residents to bring their spouses and immediate family members to Canada with shortened processing times, because Canada understands that family should never be put on hold.

Is there someone I can support to come to Canada?

Conjugal Partner, Spouse, or Common-law Partner
Whether your husband, common-law partner, or conjugal partner is in Canada on a valid temporary visa or living overseas, you may be able to sponsor them for permanent residency in Canada. Applicants who are already residing in Canada may be eligible for an open work visa, allowing couples to alleviate some of their financial obligations.

Sponsored persons may work in Canada while their family  sponsorship application is being handled with a spousal open work permit. Because Canada accepts common-law relationships, if you and your partner are not married but have lived together for at least one year, you may be eligible for spousal sponsorship.

Sponsorship by a parent or grandparent

Through the parent and grandparent sponsorship programme, Canada’s commitment to family reunification extends to parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Citizens and permanent residents will be needed to show that they can financially support their family by reaching the Minimum Necessary Income (MNI) for the size of their family unit in order to sponsor a parent or grandparent. They must also promise to help their sponsored family members financially if necessary. Sponsors who are unable to support their parent or grandparent on a long-term, multiple-entry basis may be eligible for a Super Visa, which is a long-term, multiple-entry visa for parents and grandparents of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Sponsorship for a child or other dependent

If you are applying for permanent residence in Canada, you can choose to include your children as accompanying dependents on your application. If you choose not to include them or are unable to do so, they may be able to join you in Canada at a later date. As long as they are single and have no children of their own, Canadian citizens and permanent residents may sponsor their biological or adopted children under the age of 22 for permanent residence in Canada. If a kid above the age of 22 has a medical or mental disability that prohibits them from supporting themselves, they may be termed a dependent.

Orphaned sibling, niece, nephew, or grandchild

Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents may be able to sponsor their orphaned sibling, sister, nephew, niece, or grandchild to immigrate to Canada under certain circumstances. To sponsor an orphaned relative, they must be unmarried, under the age of 18, and blood or adoption connected to you.

Other relatives (as a “Lonely Canadian” under extreme situations)
In certain unusual situations, Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents may be able to sponsor one extended family member to immigrate to Canada. Sponsors must be designated “Lonely Canadians” in order to sponsor a relative who does not fit within Canada’s existing Family Class categorization. There is no spouse, common-law partner, kid, parent, or grandparent for the sponsor.

How do I become eligible to sponsor a member of my family?

You must fulfil minimal qualifying standards to sponsor a family member. Sponsors who are eligible must meet the following requirements:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, 
  • be at least 18 years old, 
  • and either live in Canada or intend to return after your spouse or partner becomes a permanent resident of Canada.
  • be able and willing to meet your family member’s basic financial requirements for three years


Who is unable to sponsor a family member?

A permanent resident or citizen may not be able to sponsor in particular circumstances. A sponsor may be disqualified if one of the following conditions applies:

  • are presently incarcerated; 
  • have not paid alimony or child support; 
  • have filed bankruptcy and have yet to be freed; 
  • have received social assistance for reasons other than incapacity; 
  • have failed to repay an immigration loan; 
  • have made late or missing payments;

having previously sponsored another relative and failed to follow the sponsorship agreement’s requirements have been convicted of a violent crime, any crime against a relative, or any sexual offence, depending on the facts of the case

What is the cost of sponsoring a family member in Canada?

A $150 payment will be needed for each kid included in the application if you are sponsoring your spouse and they have dependent children, or if you are supporting your adopted child. An extra $1,050 is necessary if your relative’s spouse or partner is included. The following is a list of government processing costs for sponsoring a relative in Canada.

$75 sponsorship fee

Processing cost for principal applicants is $475.

The charge for obtaining a permanent residency permit is $500.

$85 for biometrics

$1135 in total

A charge of $289 CAD must be paid in addition to the costs listed above if the sponsor lives in or plans to remain in Quebec upon the issue of permanent residency.

If you want to sponsor your spouse or children, or if you want to be sponsored, we can help! Simply complete our free sponsorship assessment and a member of the Global Sky Immigration Team will contact you to discuss your options!

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